Trump Announces Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

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Trump Announces Nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Trump's nom was unveiled in the White House's East Room, picking from his short list provided by right-wing Federalist Society. He called Kavanaugh "one of the finest and sharpest legal minds of our time". "And just like Justice Gorsuch, he excelled as a legal clerk for Justice Kennedy".

Trump had narrowed down his choice to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy to federal appeals judges Kavanaugh, Raymond Kethledge, Amy Coney Barrett and Thomas Hardiman.

Kavanaugh graduated from Yale Law School and clerked for Kennedy in the mid-1990s.

He also worked for Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel who investigated then president Bill Clinton but in 2009 he was reported as saying that presidents should be free from civil lawsuits, criminal prosecutions and investigations while in office.

Kavanaugh, 53, grew up in Maryland. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the Senate will vote on the court nominee in the fall.

"If confirmed to the D.C. circuit, I would follow Roe v. Wade faithfully and fully", Kavanaugh said. As a judge on the US Court of Appeals in Washington he has written opinions on some of the nation's most sensitive issues. The White House hopes Kyl's close ties to Senate Republicans will help smooth the path for confirmation. "Judge Kavanaugh clearly understands the proper role of a judge is to interpret the law as it is written and apply the law impartially".

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"Beyond the procedure, beyond the gamesmanship, it is a life-and-death important decision to be made by this court on so many issues", the Senate minority whip said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday. The New York Times first reported McConnell's call with Trump. "I think people thought about it when they went to the ballot box".

A third finalist, Amy Comey Barrett, was seen at her home in IN just a few hours before Trump was set to unveil his nominee at a White House ceremony. President Donald Trump: "Well, it's still-let's say it's the four people, but-and they're excellent, every one".

Barrett talks about her family in her introductory remarks to the Senate Judiciary Committee. "I will take the same approach as I have previously for a Supreme Court vacancy".

Republicans hold 51 seats in the Senate, though Arizona Sen.

But despite his experience co-authoring the report, or rather because of it, Kavanaugh has become an ardent supporter of a president's power.

Kavanaugh would keep the number of Catholics on the high court at five.

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Taking the podium, Kavanaugh thanked the president and noted Justice Kennedy's years of distinguished service, whose shoes he would have to fill. "The members of that community disagree about many things but we are united by a commitment to serve".

A handful of Senate Democrats running for re-election in states that Trump won handily in 2016 could face a hard vote on the court nominee, potentially providing Republicans with an additional buffer if they decide to support the president.

The president has also been wooing red-state Democrats as a kind of insurance policy.

The Democrat's rally on the court's steps began shortly after Trump's 9 p.m. Monday announcement and included chants of "Hell no on Kavanaugh". Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., all of whom are running for re-election in states Trump won in 2016.

Despite possible hesitance from Murkowski and Collins, three Democrats are considered likely to vote with the Republican majority in favor of Kavanaugh's nomination. Democrats are alarmed that he will overturn rulings about abortion and same-sex marriage.

Trump asked senators to unite to bring about a swift confirmation. But with only 49 votes in the Senate, Democrats have few tools to work with. But a controversial Supreme Court pick could test the boundaries of their willingness to buck the rest of the Democratic Party. He was said to be the leading contender in the days after Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced his retirement. All of the folks that you mentioned have strong histories of making decisions in opposition to abortion access.

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